Oxfordshire Master Composters

The Oxfordshire Master Composter programme aims to reduce the amount of biodegradable waste in Oxfordshire, by encouraging more people to start composting at home and supporting those already doing so.

What Master Composters do

In return for free training and support, Master Composters commit to carrying out voluntary work in their local communities. They work with local groups like schools and gardening clubs as well as friends and neighbours, attend local events, promote the benefits of home composting through local media and parish magazines, and give talks to local groups.

Find out what Master Composters have been up to on their blog at http://oxonmcs.blogspot.co.uk/.

The training

All volunteers receive full training before qualifying as Master Composters and being asked to carry out any activities. They are also taken on day trips and attend other specialist workshops.

Training covers the basic elements of home composting and related environmental issues. Ongoing support is provided to volunteers once the training is completed, to help them in their activities and keep them up to date with technical and topical matters.

Who runs the scheme

It is run by Oxfordshire County Council (on behalf of Oxfordshire's district councils), in partnership with Garden Organic (the UK's leading organic gardening charity).

Oxfordshire is already part of a nationwide home composting campaign, which offers subsidised compost bins along with home composting support information to all householders in the county. The Master Composter Programme runs alongside and strengthens this campaign, by giving existing home composters more help and support and encouraging others to start composting their kitchen and garden waste at home.

How to 'book' a Master Composter

If you would like to talk to a Master Composter about attending an event or helping with your school composting, please contact waste.management@oxfordshire.go.uk or call 01865 816043.